Jan. 28, 2012
BY THE NUMBERS
1: The Vols held their first opponent under 50 points this season, limiting Auburn to 49 points.
3: The Vols have held three of its six SEC opponents to less than 60 points (Florida 56, Georgia 57 and Auburn 49).
5: Tennessee had five players in double-figures and maybe even more notable, the five players accounted for 62 of the Vols' 64 points.
6: Jeronne Maymon had his sixth double-double this season with 15 points and 19 rebounds.
1500: The Vols won their 1,500 game in program history and stand at 1,500-956-2 all-time, dating to 1909.
DEFENSE REIGNS SUPREME
- Tennessee continues to show its signature defense. The Vols limited Auburn to 49 points and just 30.4 percent from the floor. It was the Vols best defensive game under Cuonzo Martin this season. It was the fewest points allowed by UT since holding Charlotte to 49 points in a 49-48 defeat on Dec. 17, 2010 and fewest in an SEC game since limiting Georgia to 48 points in a 79-48 win on Feb. 11, 2009.
WIN No. 1,500
- Tennessee's victory vs. Auburn was the 1,500th in program history. The Vols are 1,500-956-2 all-time with a 61.1 win percentage dating to 1909.
MAYMON MAULS TIGERS
- Junior Jeronne Maymon posted his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 19 rebounds. He reached the double-double plateau with 12:42 left in the second half on his 10th point -- a free throw.
- For Maymon, it was his 13th game this season in double-figure scoring and 14th time in his career with 10 or more. He has scored at least 12 in six of his last seven games.
- Off the glass, it was Maymon's seventh game with 10 or more rebounds and second in SEC play. He also had 10 boards vs. Kentucky.
- The 19 rebounds, are the second-most in Maymon's career, second only to his 20 boards vs. Memphis (11/22/11).
FABULOUS FROSH STOKES
- In his fifth college game, Jarnell Stokes continued to impress in all facets of his game. The freshman posted 11 points and six rebounds along with four steals and two blocks. He also handed out his third assist of the season on a sweet dish to Trae Golden after a steal with 15:02 left in the second half.
- Stokes has scored in double-figures in three of his five college games.
- Trae Golden scored nine of his 13 points in the second half on his way to his 15th game with double-figures this season. It was his first time in three games with double-figures.
McBEE BACK ON THE BOARD
- After being held scoreless at Vanderbilt, Skylar McBee returned to the scoring column in a big way with 12 points. It was his first game in double-figures in the SEC and first since he set a career-high 16 vs. Chattanooga (1/2/12).
- After struggling to score in the last couple of games, sophomore Jordan McRae regained the scoring touch with 11 points. He had a total of nine points in the previous five games and just 17 total points in five SEC games.
- It was McRae's ninth game in double-figure scoring this season and first since he had 10 vs. Florida (1/7/12). McRae began the year with double-figures in double-figures in six of the first nine games.
THE SERIES WITH AUBURN
- Saturday was the 108th all-time meeting between Tennessee and Auburn. Tennessee now leads the all-time series 71-37.
- UT has won 12 of the last 16 meetings overall.
- The Vols lead the series 44-7 in Knoxville (14-2 in Thompson-Boling Arena). UT has won 10 of the last 11 meetings on Rocky Top, including each of the last seven.
- This was the first time Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin and Auburn's Tony Barbee have faced off as head coaches.
COACHES VS. CANCER
- The coaching staffs for both teams wore sneakers with their suits to raise awareness for Coaches vs. Cancer. Vols coach Cuonzo Martin and his staff wore Adidas Originals white "Shell-Top" sneakers.
BIG CROWD POUR INTO TBA
- The Vols drew a crowd of 19,024 on Saturday, moving the Vols average attendance to 17,211. Coming into the game, Tennessee ranked sixth nationally in average home attendance (17,046). The Vols are riding a streak of five consecutive seasons with a national top-five finish in attendance.
NOTING THE STARTERS
- The Vols kept their same starting lineup for the third game in a row featuring freshman bigman Jarnell Stokes, who drew the nod for the third game in a row. He was joined by guards Trae Golden, Josh Richardson, Cameron Tatum along with forward Jeronne Maymon.
- Golden, Tatum and Maymon have started all 21 games this season.
- The Vols' first sub was Skylar McBee with 17:21 left in the first half.
- The Vols head to No. 1 Kentucky to take on the Wildcats on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
- Tennessee is 4-11 all-time against No. 1 ranked teams, but won its last two games vs. the top team in the land with a 76-68 victory vs. Kansas (1/10/10) and a 66-62 win at Memphis (2/23/08).
- The Vols are 4-2 in their last six games vs. the No. 1 team in America, the other two wins came on March 5, 1966 (vs. Kentucky 69-62) and Dec. 6, 1969 at South Carolina (55-54).
- Tennessee is 1-8 all-time vs. a No. 1 Kentucky team, but the that lone win came in the last such meeting, that game in 1966.